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A perplexing question for Dr. Patricia Alexander, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, and head of the Disciplined Reading and Learning Research Lab at the University of Maryland, concerns finding a balanced, pragmatic approach to the challenges and barriers facing open access.

As a researcher, editor, and editorial board member to more than 12 journals, Alexander understands both the benefits of open access to researchers and readers and the actual costs of the publishing industry. It is her experience on both… Continue


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In a huge step forward for open access at the university, the Department of Psychology has adopted new guidelines that explicitly codify open science as a core criteria in tenure and promotion review. This change was spearheaded by department chair, Michael Dougherty.

Dougherty is quoted in the announcement saying “When you think about the goal and purpose of higher education and why we take these positions, it’s because we felt there would be some good that we could impart on the world. The traditional markers of impact are how many times you’ve been cited [in a journal]. That’s… Continue


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At its meeting on April 6, 2022, University of Maryland's Senate voted to approve a new institutional policy that will advance equitable, open access to the University's research and scholarship. In alignment with the University's land-grant mission and its social justice values, the new policy, entitled "Equitable Access to Scholarly Articles Authored by University Faculty," aids in the removal of price and permission barriers related to discoverability and access for anyone… Continue


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The University of Maryland (UMD) Libraries are pleased to announce that we have signed a one-year, cost neutral contract extension with Wiley in collaboration with the BTAA.  The agreement extends our existing Wiley Online Library Database Model contract, and includes a new Open Access (OA) option, as a pilot in collective action toward the BTAA Big Collection.… Continue


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As the global open access scholarship movement gains momentum, many scholarly associations grapple with the complex issue of whether and how to convert their traditional, subscription based journals to an online, open access model. In a few cases, however, the conversion to open access (OA) was achieved by scholarly associations very early in the OA movement, mostly through the hard work of key leaders who recognized the value of equitable publishing and access.

One such leader and early champion of open access is Antoine Borrut, Ph.D., an associate professor and Director of… Continue


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The University of Maryland (UMD) Libraries are pleased to announce that we have signed a cost neutral, three-year “Read and Publish” agreement with Cambridge University Press (CUP) in collaboration with our consortial partner NERL (formerly known as NorthEast Regional Libraries). This is the first Read and Publish deal for the Libraries, and became effective 1 January 2022. Under this CUP Read and Publish agreement, UMD authors may publish articles as gold Open Access without paying an Article Processing Charge (APC).

As a non-profit organization and… Continue


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PACT members reviewed and discussed the draft Senate policy proposal. 


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Two PACT members recently attended a nationwide TOME [Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem]. They reported that many libraries and university presses are actively involved in this area.

PACT members discussed the Special Order Presentation for Senate held on November 10. The next step is to prepare for a Senate vote by putting the proposal into the Senate's formal proposal template in preparation for a Senate vote early next year.

Departmental visits and campus-wide forums continue to offer a place to discuss issues and answer questions.


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During their November 5 meeting, the Graduate Student Government (GSG) passed a resolution officially endorsing the proposed policy on equitable access to scholarly research put forth by the University of Maryland Publishing, Access and Contract Terms (UMD PACT) group.

The policy, entitled Equitable Access to Scholarly Articles Authored by University Faculty, aims to remove price and permission barriers to UMD’s research output; to help faculty members comply with research funders’ open access… Continue


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You're invited to join UMD PACT at an upcoming open forum.

Equitable Access to Scholarly Articles Authored by UMD Faculty: A Proposed Campus Approach from the UMD PACT Working Group

Researchers and scholars at the University of Maryland are on the front lines, creating knowledge and developing innovative solutions to enhance the lives, well-being, and health of the planet and people across the world. Yet, what happens when access to this knowledge is impeded by price and permission barriers?

Join members of the UMD PACT group to consider a… Continue


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